Geography

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What do Geographers do?

Geographers study the earth and its diverse people and environments seeking to understand how humans perceive and transform places and landscapes around the world. Geographers explore and analyze the spatial organization of natural and social phenomena by utilizing field observations, modeling skills, and computer mapping tools, such as geographic information systems (GIS). With one of the oldest and most respected geography departments in the United States, Valpo has produced a steady stream of successful professional geographers.

Degree Programs

All of Valpo’s geography majors combine dynamic classroom instruction with field and professional experience to introduce students to a wide variety of careers. The program emphasizes practical experience through field trips, field courses, internships, and opportunities to work with faculty on original research. The foundational courses prepare geographers to reach their fullest potential.

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. degree (32 Cr.) integrates approaches from the social sciences and humanities with the natural sciences and technical skills. Students may choose to focus their studies by pursuing one of four concentrations.

Geography Core 14 Cr.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEO 101 World Human Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 102 Globalization and Development 3 Cr.
  • GEO 104 Intro. to Geomorphology in Erth. Sytm. Sc. 3+3, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 215 Intro. to Geographic Information Systems 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEO 301 Regional Geographies of the World 3 Cr.
    • GEO 320 Urban Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 321 Urban and Regional Planning 3 Cr.
    • GEO 420 Rural Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 470 Political Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 474 Historical Geography of the United States 3 Cr.
    • GEO 475 Culture, Nature, Landscape 3 Cr.

Geography Electives 18-19 Cr.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEO 304 Process Geomorphology and Terrain Analysis 3+3, 4 Cr.
    • GEO 315 Environmental Applications of GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 316 Internet Mapping and Web GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 330 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 Cr.
    • GEO 365 Biogeography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 415 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 Cr.
    • GEO 460 Data Analysis 3 Cr.
  • Take one additional 200-level course 3 Cr.
  • Take three additional 300-level (or higher) courses 9 Cr.
  • Take any additional geography course(s) 3 Cr.
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Geography
  • Urban Geography and Regional Planning
  • Human/Cultural Geography
Bachelor of Science

The B.S. degree (40 Cr.) integrates approaches from the social sciences and humanities with the natural sciences and technical skills. Students may choose to focus their studies by pursuing one of four concentrations.

Geography Core 14 Cr.
  • Take one of the following options:
    • GEO 101 World Human Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 102 Globalization and Development 3 Cr.
    • GEO 104 Intro. to Geomorphology in Erth. Sytm. Sc. 3+3, 4 Cr.
    • GEO 215 Intro. to Geographic Information Systems 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • Take one of the following options:
    • GEO 301 Regional Geographies of the World 3 Cr.
    • GEO 320 Urban Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 321 Urban and Regional Planning 3 Cr.
    • GEO 420 Rural Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 470 Political Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 474 Historical Geography of the United States 3 Cr.
    • GEO 475 Culture, Nature, Landscape 3 Cr.
Environmental Core 11-13 Cr.
  • GEO 304 Process Geomorphology and Terrain Analysis 3+3, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 365 Biogeography 3 Cr.
  • GEO 496 Research in Geography (physical geography) 1-3 Cr.
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEO 264 Soils and the Environment 3 Cr.
    • GEO 266 River Systems and Landforms 2+2, 3 Cr.
Geographic Tools 6 Cr.
  • Take two of the following courses:
    • GEO 130 Earth From Above 3+2, 4 Cr.
    • GEO 225 Cartography and Map Design 3 Cr.
    • GEO 315 Environmental Applications of GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 316 Internet Mapping and Web GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 330 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 Cr.
    • GEO 415 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 Cr.
    • GEO 460 Data Analysis 3 Cr.
Professional Experience 3 Cr.
  • At least three credits from the following courses:
    • GEO 385 Field Study in Geography 0+3, 1-3 Cr.
    • GEO 486 Internship in Geography 3 Cr.
    • MET 385 Field Study in Meteorology 3 Cr.
Electives 6 Cr.
  • At least six credits from the following courses:
    • GEO 204 National Parks and Public Lands 3 Cr.
    • GEO 240 Introduction to Climate Change 3 Cr.
    • GEO 260 Environmental Conservation 3 Cr.
    • GEO 265 Sustainability: Environment, Economy, Society 3 Cr.
    • GEO 285 Natural Hazards 2+2, 3 Cr.
    • GEO 490 Selected Topics in Geography 1-3 Cr.
    • GEO 495 Independent Study 1-4 Cr.
    • MET 216 Introduction to Meteorological Observation and Analysis 3 Cr.
    • MET 319 Tropical Meteorology 3 Cr.
  • An additional Geographic Tools, Professional Experience course, or Geography Core course at the 300-level or higher 3 Cr.
Additional courses required:
  • MATH 131 Calculus I 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • MET 103 Introduction to Meteorology 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • MET 215 Climatology 2+2, 3 Cr.
B.A. Geography Education

The B.A. in geography education (48 Cr.), along with a complementary major in secondary education, prepares students to teach high school social studies.

  • GEO 101 World Human Geography 3 Cr.
  • GEO 102 Globalization and Development 3 Cr.
  • GEO 104 Intro. to Geomorphology in Erth. Sytm. Sc. 3+3, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 215 Intro. to Geographic Information Systems 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 260 Environmental Conservation 3 Cr.
  • GEO 280 Geography of Cyberspace 3 Cr.
  • MET 103 Introduction to Meteorology 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • One of the following courses:
    • GEO 301 Regional Geographies of the World 3 Cr.
    • GEO 470 Political Geography 3 Cr.
    • One of the following courses:
    • GEO 320 Urban Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 420 Rural Geography 3 Cr.
  • At least three credits from the following courses:
    • GEO 304 Process Geomorphology and Terrain Analysis 3+3, 4 Cr.
    • GEO 365 Biogeography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 385 Field Study 0+4, 1-3 Cr.
  • One of the following courses:
    • GEO 474 Historical Geography of the United States 3 Cr.
    • GEO 475 Culture, Nature, Landscape 3 Cr.
  • Additional courses required:
    • ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Cr.
    • HIST 110 The World in the Twentieth Century 3 Cr.
    • POLS 120 The Government of the United States 3 Cr.
    • SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification 3 Cr.
  • Note: Courses may also fulfill General Education requirements where appropriate.
Minors

Students pursuing other majors can also avail two interesting minors in the program.

  • One course from the following options:
    • GEO 101 World Human Geography 3 Cr.
    • GEO 104 Introduction to Geomorphology in Earth System Science 3+3, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3+2, 4 Cr.
  • GEO 330 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 Cr.
  • GEO 415 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 Cr.
  • At least three credits from the following options:
    • GEO 225 Cartography and Map Design 3 Cr.
    • GEO 285 Natural Hazards 2+2, 3 Cr.
    • GEO 315 Environmental Applications of GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 316 Internet Mapping and Web GIS 3 Cr.
    • GEO 486 Internship in Geography. 1-6 Cr.
      • Note: If selecting GEO 486, the internship must involve GIS, remote sensing, or cartography.

A minimum of 16 credit hours in geography, chosen by the student in consultation with the chair of the department, constitutes a minor. One 100-level, one 200-level, and two 300-level or higher courses must be included.